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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 07:30 AM - 06:00 PM
PSW (Day 1)

Cornell’s Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) is pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Pre-Seed Workshop (PSW)

BESTies are on each team. Participation is by application only.

Do you have an innovative technology or idea?
Are you looking for business input?
Pre-Seed Workshop can help you find answers!

The Pre-Seed Workshop (PSW) is a systematic approach designed to take a raw idea from a university lab or other source and investigate its marketplace viability and potential as the foundation of a start-up business using a preliminary commercialization plan developed in this unique, collaborative, hands-on workshop.

Teams are created around a central technology, product or business idea and typically include a technology champion, a legal advisor, an industry expert, an MBA student and an experienced entrepreneur.

PSW is an intense, two and a half day workshop to efficiently:

Vet projects and business ideas
Launch pre-seed stage companies
Increase the entrepreneurial activity within the community

It will answer three questions:

Is my idea worth commercializing?
What should my role be?
What are my next steps?


80% of your time is spent in hands-on group sessions with team members with diverse backgrounds in technical, business, financial and legal areas.

At PSW you will work through 9 modules with break-out sessions to answer 20 key business questions related to the technology and its market, competition, business potential, etc. At the end, participants create an overall presentation of their idea and deliver it to a panel of experts. The expert panel then provides feedback on the merit of the opportunity.

Monday, March 13, 2017, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Kickoff Dinner (Biotech G-10)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm – Day 1 (various rooms Weill Hall)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7:30 am – 6:30 pm – Day 2 (various rooms Weill Hall)

Read the Cornell Chronicle article about Ithaca's most recent PSW here.
For a complete background please visit
Please contact Marla Coppolino or call 607/254-6541for more information about the Pre-Seed Workshop.


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